To kick things off we will read one of Mrs. Hoyt's favorite books, The Quilt Maker's Gift. Mrs. Hoyt will bring in a collection of quilts. Students will snuggle with them, read wrapped in them and measure them independently over the next few weeks.
To start the sharing we play a game of 20 questions to see if the class can figure out what is inside the bag and what features the special item may have. Students will be practicing oral language skills by formulating questions and asking them in complete sentences! The students need to listen to each others questions to try not to "waste" any question by repeating something that has already been asked. After the 20 questions have been asked the special item is revealed and we compare and see how many things were guessed!
Next we are on to the math part of this special blanket project. The students will take turns measuring the special item using the base 10 rods. We instruct how to measure accurately so our calculations will be correct. Students will be measuring the length and width of the blankets, quilts and afghans and then we will be using nonstandard measurements to find out the area of the special items. Depending on how big the item that is brought in is the students will decide how the kindergartners will use their bodies to calculate the area. The choices are having the kindergartners stand on the blanket, sit on the blanket or lay on the blanket!
Our quilt adventures will continue as we create paper quilts that not only will involve precision in cutting paper shapes, but lots of sharing about ourselves as well. The warmth of sharing and friendships will help us get through the cold month of January!
We are looking forward to seeing what all our students bring in to share with us. Please be sure to note the date assigned to your child. Thank you for your help!